- Associated Press - Thursday, August 28, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville judge has dismissed charges for a man who walked around downtown last year wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying an assault rifle with a silencer.

Leonard Embody was arrested on July 29, 2013, and his weapon confiscated after he refused to answer questions from police.

In a Tuesday order, Judge Randall Wyatt admonished Embody for his conduct but found that he had not violated state law.

It is legal to possess a rifle in public. It is also legal to possess a silencer, as long as it is validly registered with the federal government.

Embody had proof of registration but refused to show it to officers at the time of his arrest. The court found that state law requires him merely to retain, but not show, the registration.

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